Ever had to deal with painful pimples on the scalp? These pimple-like bumps hurt like hell, especially when you run a comb or a brush across your hair.
People often deal with acne on the face or body, but acne could occur on the scalp and cause hair fall. Clogged pores often cause acne, and those painful pimples on the scalp are known as scalp acne.
Keeping the scalp and hair clean and using medicated shampoos can help get rid of the condition. In this article, we will identify and try to cover:
- What causes acne on the scalp
- Scalp Acne treatment to avoid hair loss
- How to prevent scalp acne
What causes scalp acne?
Acne on the scalp looks like pimple-like bumps on the scalp that hurt, and it also occurs on the back of the head. These pimples can cause itchiness and are usually sore. You will feel the pain when you comb your hair and unknowingly run it across your affected area.
Folliculitis or Pimples on the scalp arrive when the pore or hair follicle gets clogged with either dead skin cells or excessive sebum- it a form of natural oil of the skin that itself keeps the area moisturized. In some cases, it is caused by bacteria/ yeast or mites, which can get into the pores and cause an unwanted reaction.
Some common causes of scalp acne:
- Dead skin cells
- clogging of follicles with oil
- Product buildups, such as hair gels or hairspray
- Not cleansing the hair thoroughly
- Not washing the hair right after a sweaty workout
- Wearing a cap or hairband, causes sweat and friction
- Consuming a diet high in sugary carbohydrates like sodas, donuts, chocolates
How to prevent it?
Hygiene plays an important role to avoid clogged pores. The most important tip is to wash hair when it starts to feel oily or after a workout.
To treat scalp acne, we are listing a couple of things to remember:
- Wear loose headgear to let the scalp breathe and avoid caps.
- Wash hair right after exercise.
- Switch your current hair care products with a natural, hypoallergenic haircare range.
- Avoiding using hair products, such as hairsprays, gels, etc.
- Keep your scalp away from the conditioner. You can use a conditioner only on the hair’s ends. Using any moisture can promote acne growth.
- Brush your hair at least twice a day. Brushing allows the natural oils of the scalp to distribute evenly all over the scalp and hair, as you definitely don’t want a spoon of oil (sebum) only in one area of the scalp. You can brush in the morning and at bedtime to sleep like a princess!
- Follow a healthy diet add fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, dried nuts to your diet. The body needs vitamins to keep the skin healthy. You can consume Multivitamin or biotin supplements after checking with your doctor.
- In some cases, infrequent hair washing can cause scalp acne. For some people, washing the hair too often can strip the sebum, which increases the risk of other contaminants getting in.
- Seek medical help. If the tips given above doesn’t help you, visit a dermatologist to find out appropriate hair care routine.
- Pimples on the scalp are supposed to be treated in a similar way to acne on any other body parts.
- Scalp acne may sometimes be due to some serious conditions. When the acne does not improve by the usual treatments, it is advised to consult a doctor to determine the best treatment.
- When treating the scalp acne, a dermatologist will usually start with medicated shampoos. If this is not effective, the doctor may recommend a stronger treatment. So have patience; it will work!
- We all know Acne scars take some time to fade. Avoid picking/popping your pimples for the sake of fake satisfaction! You may not only invite unwanted scars but also spread the bacteria creating fresh new arrivals!
Home Remedies for Scalp Acne for Hair Loss
Jasmine Essential oil
Being rich in benzoic acid, Jasmine oil can help you with acne – hair or anywhere in the body. Benzoic acid naturally sloughs off dead skin cells and thus, treat the scalp pimple.
How to use? Dilute Jasmine essential oil with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed oil and massage gently on the scalp. There are many claims of people who said grapeseed oil-treated their acne.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix equal proportions of apple cider vinegar and lukewarm water, pour it onto your scalp. Uuse a bathing mug/bowl, and lightly massage the mixture through your hair. Wait for about five minutes.
Apple cider vinegar helps decontaminate the scalp and restores the scalp pH levels. After regular use, you may find your hair is softer, sleeker, and manageable! You can also buy an organic shampoo containing apple cider vinegar. It will also have the same effect.
Calm down with Aloe Vera
According to Ayurveda, this traditional medicine is highly recommended when your treating pimples! Get your self an Aloe vera plant today! Also, this plant has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Also it contains natural antioxidants and essential minerals that nourish the scalp and hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth. It will also soothe the redness and itchiness, bonus- you’ll have glossy hair and a healthy scalp. (If this doesn’t help, then someone needs serious help- just kidding! Visit a dermatologist).
How to use? It is best to use fresh Aloe vera leaf and apply the pulp all over the scalp. Leave it for at least 30 minutes and wash off with plain water.
Tea Tree Oil
The queen of acne treatment, tea tree oil, can save you from hair loss due to scalp acne. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can give you relief from acne and also soothe the affected area. You can purchase a tea-tree infused shampoo to avoid those painful bumps.
How to use? Apply an ice cube on the affected area for 3-4 minutes. After it melts, 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil to bring the inflammation down.
Lime juice is rich in alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) – which is usually used in products to treat acne. AHA works as an exfoliant and helps to unclog the hair follicles. Lime juice also aids in restoring the scalp’s pH balance and gives a beautiful shine to the hair.
How to use? You will need 2 lemons juice and 1 cup water. After shampooing, pour the mixture on the hair and massage for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with plain water and repeat once or twice a week, don’t overdo it, as it may dry out the scalp, which again causes pimples.
Tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C, which is useful in promoting hair growth. Tomato juice is also a natural form of astringent, which shrinks the pores and dries the acne.
How to use? You will need one big juicy tomato. and Apply the juice with the seed pulp on the scalp’s center. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Repeat twice a week.
I hope you get your scalp acne cleared using the following tips, comment below which tip worked the best for you!